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Dec 14, 2010 03:30 AM

Aussies wanting to sample casual American Food

My family and I would like to eat some casual American food (Ribs, Burgers etc) one night during our visit to DC later this month. We're already booked into Cafe Atlantico and Urbanna. Could you please help with suggestions in the Dupont or Georgetown areas - the link to the website for Tabard Inn seen in many posts doesn't seem to work - so I'm not sure if it is "casual" or not! Many thanks.....

Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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  1. I would rethink Urbanna if I were you. Food was fine when last I went, but the music was uncomfortably loud and the service . . . terrible. That was a Saturday night, though, so perhaps it's quieter during the week.

    1. casual american food- Matchbox, Old Ebbitts Grill, Clydes

      1. Burgers at BGR joint (there is one in Dupont Circle) - Ray's Hell Burger is a bit better but in Arlington, VA
        Crab Cakes or breakfast at the Market Lunch at Eastern Market

        Ray's Hell Burger
        1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

        Market Lunch
        225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

        1. There is a good burger joint in Dupont Circle called BGR. Burgers, fries and milkshakes.

          Instead of Urbana you might want to head elsewhere. I would suggest Hank's Oyster Bar (in Dupont....not too far from Urbana). You can try out some traditional American New England seafood like lobster rolls, oysters, oyster po'boys and popcorn shrimp.

          Hank's Oyster Bar
          1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

          1. I don't understand your choices so far, but there you go. Tons of places you could go to for MOR American food, and I am not sure one is better than the other.

            The Chowhound tip for burgers and ribs would be to get out of your comfort zone. For great food, I would go to Rays the Steaks East River for the impressive fried chicken and ribs. Still in DC, but it is a schlep.

            If you really can't go that far, then I'd go to Kramerbooks and Afterwards which at least has a nice bookstore and some tempting big desserts (to share). According to food critic Todd Kliman, they now carry on their wine list a rarely-seen Norton, which is a uniquely American red wine.